Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Word Wednesday: Matthew Effect


def.: a term, based on Matthew 25:29, used to express the idea that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

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Children who do not receive much stimulation for learning at a young age tend to fall victim to the Matthew Effect and are rarely able to catch up to those who did.

I came across this term recently and was struck by the juxtaposition of the idea it represents with the morals of the Bible—the hopelessness that it conveys compared to the hope the Bible offers.

The term has been used to describe the social media world, the education world, and the science world. It has also been applied, obviously, to the finance world.

Do you think this is real? Have you seen examples of it? What other areas would you say may be suffering from the Matthew Effect?

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